Historic Brookland Park Area

Embrace Richmond currently supports the efforts of the Historic Brookland Park Collective.  The Brookland Park Collective is a gathering for concerned citizens who have taken a leadership role either as block connectors, action team leaders or civic association leaders and who want to work across civic association lines to strengthen the Historic Brookland Park area.  The Historic Brookland Park Collective is open to civic engaged citizens from five neighborhoods including North Central, Battery Park, North Barton Heights, Ginter Park Terrace and Providence Park.Through on-going community listening projects the following community defined priorities have been identified:

  1. Safety
  2. Community Cohesion
  3. Youth Development (older youth)
  4. Economic revitalization of the Brookland Park Commercial Corridor

We support the following projects through coaching, training, provision of space and funding:

Block Club Projects designed to increase community cohesion and safety are done in partnership with area civic association. Revitalization of the Brookland Park commercial corridor in partnership with local merchants and the Brookland Park Area Association. Young Leaders works in partnership with area youth serving organizations to address youth development.

Wise Guides Listening Project

This project was a result of a young leader’s passion for listening to seniors of Historic Brookland Park. This project is an example of how listening projects can foster  youth development as this young leader gained skills in public speaking, project management and community engagement. The full project can be found here.





In the Lincoln Mews North Oak community, Embrace Richmond has partnered with Better Housing Coalition. We also support the following projects through coaching, training and grants:

LMNOP Neighborhood Action Team – Launched Fall 2015

Dream Catcher Project – Summer 2015




My journey with Embrace Richmond: From resident-leader to Executive Director of Ignite Richmond

My journey with Embrace Richmond: From resident-leader to Executive Director of Ignite Richmond

My name is Kevin Starlings. I have been a resident of Richmond for over 30 years and grew up in the Brookland Park area. As a father, business owner, music educator and community organizer, I am devoted to restoring democracy at the grassroots level and energizing...

Senior Luncheon

Senior Luncheon

Last Thursday, seniors were brought together with Embrace's help around a central dream-to become more connected.  Their convening was a result of a Dream Catcher Project led by Embrace's Young Leader, Beverly. The Celebrating Seniors Luncheon, held at Boogaloos Bar...

Earth Day Activities

Earth Day Activities

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Embrace Richmond in partnership with Huguenot Road Baptist Church and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia hosted 10 youths in an Earth Day celebration event.  The youth were ages 12 - 17 and were from several churches around the...